WORCESTER, Mass. - Sunday saw a big turnout as local motorcycle riders teamed up to put a smile on the faces of young cancer patients.

The Vernon Hill American Legion Post 435 hosted a "Lego Ride for Kids with Cancer" charity event where riders, supporters and local companies donated hundreds of Lego sets.

More than 300 riders left the parking lot and drove around the city. They passed UMass Memorial and Why Me and Sherry's House, organizations providing support services to families facing childhood cancer. The sets collected will be given to children with cancer at UMass Memorial and Why Me and Sherry's House. 

Organizers said they have personal experiences with cancer and wanted to help bring joy to children battling the disease.

"My mother just passed away June 30 from carcinoid cancer," said Andrew Staruk, senior vice commander at the Post.  "So, our family going through that just made me want to go and help other kids. Going through that with my mother was one thing, but going through that with your kid, I have no words for it. We really wanted to do something where we could step up and help these kids in some way."

"I'm currently fighting cancer myself," said Rich Smalley, champlain for the Sons of the American Legion. "We as adults see it in a different version. Kids have no knowledge of what they are going through. The lego toys will put a smile on their faces and get their mind away from the suffering and what they are going through."

The Legion was aslo accepting money to buy lego sets. Riders ended the event back at the Post with food and entertainment.